Former North Huntingdon Police Chief Reaches Settlement

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NORTH HUNTINGDON (KDKA) – A former police chief of North Huntingdon has reached a settlement with the township after being fired two years ago.
Andrew Lisiecki has agreed with the North Huntingdon Board of Commissioners to receive a settlement to the sum of $600,000. The payout comes after Lisiecki sued the township for being fired when he said, “I was doing nothing wrong.”
“Basically vindicates me, and it makes my point that I was doing nothing wrong at the time, that they didn’t have just cause to terminate my employment,” said Lisiecki.
Timothy O’Brien, Lisiecki’s attorney, says that elected officials can not fire police chiefs because of politics.
“This lawsuit says you can’t lose that job unless there’s a reason unless there’s a notice and opportunity to be heard,” said O’Brien.
In addition to the cash payout, Lisiecki will receive a letter of recommendation from the department for his service. According to the former police chief, finding a job has not been easy.
“Do you think you can find employment now as a police chief in some other community,” said Lisiecki. “I’m hoping. When I see any openings, I’ll be applying, and I ‘m hoping they take a total look at me, look at my qualifications and find out that I am more than competent to lead a police department.”

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